I don't care which of you wins. But I care about this country, so I want your best from day one, and then every day for four years.
Truth be told, neither one of you impressed me very much this year. You both kind of worry me, in fact.
But, Mr. Obama, your words were beautiful. And, Mr. McCain, your patriotism runs deep. Neither translates directly into governance.
We have many problems to address. And notice that I said address, not solve. Life is not a phenomenon that lends itself to solutions.
The economic problems we face are in many ways cyclical and, perhaps, unavoidable. The cycle is that we take too much. We forget what our parents told us, that if something sounds too good to be true, it is.
The dream called America is not a big house and a 50-inch T.V. It's freedom.
We've got to have someone who can convince Americans to sacrifice, to be their brother's keeper to some extent, the world over, without being forced to.
Sen. Obama, I think you're going to win this thing. That's what the polls say. Please don't try to enact a far-left agenda, even if you get a strong Democratic House and Senate.
That's not what America wants, and it's not what America needs. America needs to remember that one of the things that makes us great is how disagreeable we all can be, while remaining one America. We need someone who will lead us in the true spirit of compromise and respect for others opinions.
And remember that the man most responsible for your election is probably George W. Bush, so don't let it all go to your head.
We have the wars to address in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a borderline pacifist, I don't know what to tell you about that. I do know that war so seldom is the answer.
There is an old proverb, perhaps ironically an Islamic one: "Blood does not wash blood." You may know it in another form, from the Beatitudes: Turn the other cheek.
No, I don't expect you to always do that. But I do expect you to keep it in mind, to be prayerful and cognizant of the footprint America so often leaves on a world we don't always take the time to understand.
Sen. McCain, should you pull this off, I ask that you be yourself — or, at least, the man I believe you to be. Remember this phrase when those same old advisers begin to whisper, but your heart tells you different: I am the one they elected.
I know you want to keep us safe, but I'd rather you help keep us free. I say help because that's a job for 300 million Americans. We must all stand up against violence and oppression.
And, I don't know how to say this tactfully, but please don't die. Gov. Palin isn't ready to be president of the United States, and I think you know it.
Gentlemen, something has been resonating with me since I read it in National Geographic. A reader wrote in and said "We didn't leave the stone age because we ran out of stones."
Of course he was talking about oil. But there's a broader meaning. We should not be bound by the constraints of old things, whether they be technology or the way we see the world.
When you take office Jan. 20, I don't ask that you forget history. That would be folly. I ask that you forget anger, that you abandon prejudice and that you discard revenge.
I ask that you lead us out into the future, with all our eyes forward, to a horizon where anything is possible.
Good luck, and may God be with you.